Applegate celebrated its 50th birthday on Thanksgiving Day with a message to its fans on Twitter. “Yes, I’m 50 today. I have MS. It’s been tough,” she wrote.
“Sending so much love to all of you today,” Applegate continued. “Many are hurting today, and I’m thinking of you. May we find that strength to lift our heads. Currently mine is on my pillow. But I’m trying.”
Multiple sclerosis affects the central nervous system. It is considered an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its own healthy cells. It affects the quality of life and can lead to disability.
In her announcement earlier this year, the actress known for her roles in “Bad Moms,” “Married… with Children” and “Dead to Me,” said it’s not easy living with the disease.
“I’ve had such support from people that I know who have this condition as well,” Applegate said. “It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road goes on.”
There is no cure for multiple sclerosis – commonly known as MS – but many people are able to manage their symptoms and adapt to new lifestyles after diagnosis.
Researchers believe the disease is caused by both environmental and genetic factors, but the underlying cause is unknown.